Going Urban at Raid the Rock

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The first Raid the Rock Adventure Race back in 2001 started with a bike ride up a parking deck in downtown Little Rock and ended with a rappel out of the tower at the old YMCA on Broadway. In between there was a hike up and over Pinnacle Mountain, a long mountain biking section that took us on only a little bit of dirt in Allsopp Park and on the west end of Walton Heights. It was a fairly urban … [Read more...]

You can do it all at DeGray

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The notes of  a classic Bob Seger song flowed past the transition area, around the multitude of triathletes and over the crowd of volunteers and spectators, covering the spillway parking area in a warm blanket of 70's nostalgia. It was a cool, crisp October morning, a hint of Fall in the leaves around the lake, cool enough that the water temperature to drop to allow the racers to wear wetsuits for … [Read more...]

Bonk, DNF, Success! – The Road to Leadman – Part 10

EYE OF THE TIGER! ….IS MISSING SOMEWHERE…AT TWIN LAKES AID STATION

 “Missed it by that much.” Maxwell Smart Well, it did not end well.  It was catastrophically beautiful, I ran like an ultra-runner, barfed, continued, went pale, stumbled, and bonked.  Let me share it with you in detail…. The Leadville 100 mile run started early on August 16th, 2014.  This was the last of 5 events to achieve Leadman status and followed the 100 mile bike race the previous … [Read more...]

Perfect Weather to Tri

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Back in 1985 I did my first triathlon. It was hard, it was fun, but life got busy and I didn't give myself the opportunity to do another one until the late 1990's when I got the itch again. The triathlon that called me out of hibernation was the CATS triathlon at Lake Beaverfork in Conway. Over the years I competed in the race several times, my daughter once did it as part of a relay and we've … [Read more...]

Balance – The Road to Leadman – Part 9

Working on balance in the Arkansas River headwaters near Salida, Colorado…this particular practice session did not turn out so well. The sunglasses pictured on my head here should be back in Arkansas by now.

“So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, blue skies from pain.  Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?  A smile from a veil?  Do you think you can tell?” -  Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here It’s August and it is time.  No more training.  It’s time to deliver in a big way. The 100 mile Leadman bike and run events are both within the next few weeks, the 100 mile Mountain Bike … [Read more...]

Mighty Mite Memory Lane

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1984, Forest City Arkansas, was the start of something special. Of course, the sport of triathlon had been around for a few years. The true infancy of the sport of triathlon in the state of Arkansas started a year of so earlier than 1984. But the Mighty Mite came on the scene and its staying power is well known. The real male pioneers of the sport in Arkansas had names such as Robert Jacuzzi, Rick … [Read more...]

The First Leadman Event – The Road to Leadville Part – 8

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The Marathon 26 Reasons NOT to Run a Marathon…like #4, Chafing “OK. Here it comes....I got this…..What else do I need to do to get ready…not sure…OK…..now what?” Yup, that’s the voice in my head trying to create anxiety and concern about the first of the five Leadman events, the Marathon up Mosquito pass to 13,185 feet and back down on July 14th, 2014. All of us have had butterflies … [Read more...]

Are You Out of Your Mind? – The Road to Leadman – Part 7

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“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” - Bill Watterson The first Leadman event, the marathon run up and back down Mosquito pass, 13,185 feet, on June 14th, 2014, is quickly approaching!  The butterflies in my stomach are prepping for flight; I can feel the warm up flutters.  Often I wish I could just jump in time to the starting … [Read more...]

Is Arkansas better than Colorado? – The Road to Leadman – Part 6

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Colorado is a beautiful State, combining both plains and mountains, amazing rivers, trails galore, and an outdoor spirit….but the same can be said for Arkansas.  In fact, the Arkansas River begins in the Salida valley of Colorado and then works its way to the great State of its name sake.  While standing on the small concrete bridge straddling the 20 yard wide Arkansas River in downtown Salida, … [Read more...]

Hey…Coach! – The Road to Leadman, Part 5

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"You’re better than you think you are.  You can do more than you think you can!”– Ken Chlouber, founder of the Leadville Race series an imminent coach to all participants For most of us when we hear someone yell “Hey, coach” it takes us back to our early school days, a time when “Coach” was a title of respect and when our ideas and concepts of what a coach is were formed.  Coach told you what to … [Read more...]